'Pirates,' 'Kokowaah' lead the way

The German box office may have got off to a slow start but a strong performance in the second quarter, driven by Hollywood pics, saw the best half-year results in three years.

Theatrical revenue climbed to €409 million ($579 million) in the first six months, up from $574 million in the same period last year and $545 million in 2009.

While 3D admission prices contributed largely to the revenue increase, half-year admission figures of 54.3 million remained on par with last year’s 54.7 million and below 2009’s 59 million, according to Rentrak EDI.

“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” amassed the biggest booty with $57 million, followed by local laffer “Kokowaah” ($42.3 million), “Hangover 2” ($31.7 million), “Fast Five” ($26.2 million) and “The King’s Speech” ($22.5 million).

The success of Til Schweiger’s “Kokowaah” resulted in a 26.8% market share for local films in the first quarter. That figure dropped to 18.1% in the second quarter, but is certain to rise with a slew of local films coming, including Constantin’s family pic “Vicky and the Treasure of the Gods,” which opens in September.

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